Incident featuring Serena Williams and Thiem was ridiculous - McEnroe

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Incident featuring Serena Williams and Thiem was ridiculous - McEnroe

On Eurosport the former world No. 1 John McEnroe commented on Dominic Thiem being forced to leave an interview room at Roland Garros because of Serena Williams. The American stays on the Austrian's side: 'This ridiculous incident has been blown way out of proportion.

It also gives me an opportunity to show how easy it is to engineer fake news and manipulate people’s opinions. With these two facts, the social media public court was quick to deliver a verdict: “How can she do that? Does she have no shame? Who does she think she is?” It was not only the useful hateful trolls who voiced their discontent.

In fact, the mainstream media started to weigh in on it. See, there is something on the internet and they immediately start to report on it and voice an opinion. Yes, an opinion! Whatever happened to the fundamental rule of journalism: three independent sources confirm the fact, and then – only then – can you report on it.

But here’s the problem: They didn’t have all their facts straight. Little known but true fact: Serena Williams had actually asked for a smaller room so that she could be done with it. But somehow the organisers insisted she holds the press conference in the main room where Thiem was at the time.

A smaller room was available because that’s where Thiem ended up. When Serena was made aware that they had to move the Austrian to make room for her she was heard saying: “Whoah, that’s rude!” Yes, it was.

See this is not a tiny detail. It changes the whole f***ing story. Serena’s not a diva who can’t wait two minutes. She’s the victim of a screw up by the organisation, and so is Thiem. I know a lot of journalists who should eat a good slice of humble pie after this one.

As for me, I’m not a real journalist so I don’t have to check my facts. I can basically say whatever the hell I want."